Christopher Phillips

Bridging the Partisan Divide

Jan 1, 2018
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Due to special NPR New Year's programming, Maine Calling will not air at 1 pm. This show is airing at 8 pm on January 1, 2018. It is a rebroadcast of an earlier show (Nov 8th); no calls will be taken.

Our panelists discuss how they are attempting to bring people from different political outlooks together for conversations about moving forward without the heated rhetoric that is often found in today's political climate.

Guests:  Craig Freshly, Head Helper with Good Decisions, Inc. He's a professional speaker, author, and meeting facilitator. He's the creator of Make Shift Coffee House, which is where people with differing political views can meet and learn from each other. 

Christopher Phillips, author, scholar and deliberative democracy specialist. He is the founder and Executive Director of the nonprofit Democracy Cafe, which fosters a greater understanding of the nature and future of democracy.

Pam Plumb, co-chair of the Maine Revive Civility initiative and former mayor of Portland

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Our panelists discuss how they are attempting to bring people from different political outlooks together for conversations about moving forward without the heated rhetoric that is often found in today's political climate.

Guests:  Craig Freshly, Head Helper with Good Decisions, Inc. He's a professional speaker, author, and meeting facilitator. He's the creator of Make Shift Coffee House, which is where people with differing political views can meet and learn from each other. 

Philosophy & Children

Jun 12, 2017
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Christopher Phillips, Ph.D., the creator of the Socrates Cafe initiative (of which there are a number in Maine), joins us to discuss his new project - childing, which asks adults to look at the powers of reasoning, empathy, curiosity and problem solving found in children in order for both children and adults to develop fully.  Joining our conversation will be Marietta McCarty (via ISDN), author of Little Big Minds - Sharing Philosophy with Kids.